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Learn from the best. Get ready to soar with the best flight training program in the industry. More pilots come to Cessna Pilot Centers to get their wings than any other flight school in the country. Northway Aviation will prepare you for your pilot’s license in every way, from learning about the laws of physics that keep you aloft, to taking your first flight, to taking your pilot’s exam and all the way to regular solo flying as a licensed pilot.

Stop waiting and learn to fly today. Becoming an aviator can be one of life’s most rewarding adventures and an incredibly satisfying challenge. Whether you are a career determined aviator or a recreational flyer, Northway’s Part 141 training program will get you to your goals in the most fun, safe, and economical way possible. Stop by and speak with one of our highly skilled instructors about your goals today!


What we Offer
  • FAR Part 141 Course Syllabus
  • Cessna Online Training
  • 98% Pass Rate
  • Top Quality Instructors
  • Newer Fleet of Cessna 172’s
Why Choose Northway?

Great Location

We are located at Paine Field which is 30 minutes north of Seattle and 30 minutes south of the San Juan Islands. We’re centrally located with no high density airspace hassles. Learning to fly with a control tower is not only challenging and fun but will enhance your flight training experience.

New Fleet

As a Cessna Pilot Center, Northway operates the newest fleet of airplanes in the area. Our aircraft all have full modern avionics panels and are equipped with GPS. Our airplanes are on a phased card inspection program. This means maintenance is done regularly every 50 hours.

Highly Skilled Instructors

Northway’s instructors have thousands of hours of experience with advanced ratings and certificates. Our instructors are here because they enjoy teaching and want to help you succeed. They will keep you motivated and most important make your flight training fun and enjoyable.

Steps To Become A Pilot

1. Discovery Flight

Your instructor will take you on a short flight to introduce you to the airplane, the airport, and the thrill of taking the controls of a safe, reliable Cessna airplane for the first time.

2. Start your Flight Training

With Northway’s Cessna Ground School kit, you will use our interactive programs designed to compliment your actual flight experience.

3. Get your Aviation Medical Certificate

A brief exam is required to obtain your student pilot certificate and third class medical. If you are under 40 years of age this will last for 5 years, over 40 and it will be good for 2 years.

4. Study, Practice, Learn

Your ground training courses will compliment flight training with your instructor. For each ground lesson you complete you will conduct a flight lesson and get you closer to the first milestone of solo flight.


5. Make your First Solo Flight

Once you have reached a point where you and your instructor feel you are ready, you will take to the air by yourself. This is an enormous achievement that very few people have ever accomplished and a day you will never forget.

6. Fine Tune Your Skills

Fly as much as possible to gain experience and build upon everything you learned prior to your first solo flight, both with an instructor and on your own.

7. Take your Exams

When you have passed the knowledge test you will take the Practical Test, also known as a checkride. This is conducted by an FAA designated examiner and consists of an oral and flight exam. That’s it, you will be handed a temporary pilot license immediately and can now enjoy the freedom of flight!

8. Keep Flying!

Once you get your pilot certificate, get as much experience as possible, get involved, and stay connected. Most importantly, keep flying!

Northway News


Medical Certification

To obtain a medical certificate you must be examined by an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). As the airman you... Read more...

Northway is Hiring Flight Instructors!

We have an immediate need for 2 instructors. CFII a bonus. Please email your resume to Read more...

New Airplane Joins our Fleet! Piper Arrow N55610

Piper Arrow PA28R-200 N55610 Avionics Dual Garmin GNS 430 (Both WAAS) Garmin GMX 200 MFD S Tec 62 Autopilot –... Read more...
About Us

Owner Jim Grant

Years of Experience. Northway Aviation has been training pilots for well over a decade, and many of our students have stayed with us as instructors. Owned by Jim Grant since 1998, the company has added new airplanes to the flightline and kept pace with the latest technology.

More than just flight training. We offer FBO services to transient pilots, with free access to wifi, a flight planning room with three aviation weather computers, a comfortable pilot lounge, and free coffee for all who visit!

Northway Aviation is committed to teaching the highest quality flight training while providing a fun and safe atmosphere. Our training requirements exceed FAA requirements to ensure the pilots we train remain safe and follow regulations when they are on their own.
Here at Northway, we believe our students are the future of aviation. Many of our students stay with us to teach, fly, or just visit. We strive on maintaining a friendly community of pilots.
Not all students learn in the same manner. Some students are hands on learners and some are book learners. We cater to all learning styles and will work with you on a one on one basis. All of our instructors are very knowledgeable so it’s generally a personality fit when pairing a student with an instructor.
Northway Aviation is the 2008 recipient of the Cessna Pilot Center Platinum Award. This award goes to the flight school that Cessna feels exceeds operational standards and excels in flight training.
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Give our friendly staff a call today and let us help you map out a plan for your aviation goals.
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